Engaged and talented employees are essential for any organisation to function well. Our purpose to contribute to a safe and liveable world, our market leading positions, solutions based on large multi-disciplinary projects, global footprint, and focus on innovation all contribute to creating an exciting work environment with many development opportunities.
Safety is a key priority. Much of our work is performed in challenging environments. Fugro is committed to keeping its employees and others involved in its operations safe by eliminating workplace hazards and preventing incidents. After years of improvement in safety performance, further improvement is stagnating, which is happening industry wide. Fugro is dedicated to further improve its safety performance and uses and promotes Fugro’s safety leadership programme to enable everyone to become a safety leader in their own workplace by encouraging peer-to-peer discussions, involvement, engagement and ownership of safety on the worksite. The programme is supported by key clients and is currently being rolled out across Fugro’s vessel fleet and other operations in the marine and land environments. The intent of the programme is achieving a step change in safety performance.
We support employee development with an array of tools including in-house training by the Fugro Academy. In the last two years we implemented a group wide talent identification programme which we are expanding in order to improve talent development on a group basis. This will include more attention to broadening diversity, which is important to Fugro.
A short term target is to improve employee engagement. We acknowledge that this is a challenge in a period that Fugro has been restructuring vigorously to deal with the oil and gas downturn. Since the start of 2015 Fugro has had to let go of around 3,500 employees or 25% of the total work force. In addition, the organisational transformation we have undertaken has meant significant change for a lot of people, even if the need for change has been widely appreciated and supported and people recognise it is creating good opportunities. We are addressing employee engagement vigourously, with groupwide communication supported by new group wide collaboration tools. In 2018 we will hold a group wide engagement survey.